Ruth Page: The Woman in the Work

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In Ruth Page: The Woman in the Work, the Chicago ballerina emerges as a highly original choreographer who, in her art, sought the iconoclastic as she transgressed boundaries of genre, gender, race, class, and sexuality. Author Joellen A. Meglin shows how her works were often controversial and sometimes censored even as she succeeded in roles usually reserved for men in the ballet world: choreographer, artistic director, and impresario. From extensive dramaturgical analysis of her most famous ballets — La Guiablesse, Frankie and Johnny, Billy Sunday, Revenge, The Merry Widow, Camille, Carmina Burana, and Alice — to embodied re-imagining of an avant-garde solo performed in a "sack" designed by Isamu Noguchi, this biography follows the global reach of Ruth Page's career spanning the greater part of the twentieth century. In the process of discovering the woman in the work, one encounters an international cast ofdancers (Anna Pavlova, Harald Kreutzberg, Frederic Franklin, Alicia Markova), composers (William Grant Still, Aaron Copland, Jerome Moross, Darius Milhaud), visual artists (Noguchi, Pavel Tchelitchew, Antoni Clavé), and companies (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Ballets des Champs-Elysées, London Festival Ballet).Disrupting notions that New York was the only cradle of the American ballet, and George Balanchine, its exponent to eclipse all others, Ruth Page explores the woman's unique sensibility, corporeal praxis, and collaborative ethos to reveal her Chicago-centered network of creativity.
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ISBN-13: 9780190205164
ISBN-10: 0190205164
Pagini: 544
Ilustrații: 10 color plates and 71 photographs
Dimensiuni: 165 x 242 x 44 mm
Greutate: 0.91 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Meglin's expertise as well as her passion for her subject matter shine through in her generous, rigorously researched, and comprehensive biography of Ruth Page. Meglin makes a compelling argument for a renewed examination of Page's overlooked contributions: this is a readable and engaging study of an American Midwestern choreographer whose works were unorthodox, experimental, inflected by the rhythms of jazz—and female.
Ruth Page: The Woman in the Work is an inspiring portrait of an innovative and boundary-breaking artist. Finally, a full-length study of a major woman leader in ballet, whose prolific career brought her into contact with many of the most celebrated artists in twentieth-century modernism. Meglin's rich analysis of Page's work—experimental, collaborative, populist, and committed to a female point of view—offers a timely and much-needed alternativeto the discourse of neoclassicism that has long monopolized ballet history. Impeccably researched and elegantly written, this book is an extraordinary and essential contribution.

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Joellen A. Meglin, long-time editor of Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts and professor emerita of Dance at Temple University, has published extensively on Ruth Page and American ballet. Her re-imagination of Page's solo Expanding Universe was recently presented at the 92nd-Street Y and the Noguchi Museum in New York.